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PMSA Juniors Present Final Research Projects at Symposium

May 19, 2016 04:28 PM
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Members of the Class of 2017 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy showed what they had learned in their year of research at the 2016 Junior Research Symposium on May 17 at PMSA.
 
The projects by the nearly 150 juniors covered a variety of topics, including whether some people are more prone to divorce in their marriages, the limits of media, sexual and gender double standards, and the influence of social media on grades.
 
Ms. Kristen Kovack, one of the research class teachers, said that juniors had a choice of taking Research Core Science or Research Core Social Science, with the betterment of society as their goal during their research.
 
"The goal of the class is to teach students how to research and to pursue academic research on a topic of high interest to them," Ms. Kovack said. "Hopefully the students have learned about how arduous the research process is, from generating a pragmatic research question, all the way to constructing a final research paper that encompasses the thesis, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion."
 
Students said that they chose topics that interested them.
 
Kortni McCray, for example, examined "The Effect of Skin Tone Discrimination on Males and Females." She said that she sought to find out whether those with lighter skin, regardless of race, were treated differently than those with darker skin. She said that she found that those with lighter skin wanted to be lighter and those with dark skin wanted to be darker.
 
"It’s kind of taboo in today’s society, but it’s something that should be looked at more," Kortni said. "This project exposed me to different areas that I didn’t know about."
 
Fellow junior Christian Flores studied whether student-athletes performed better in the classroom than non-athletes. He concluded that there was not much difference in the performance of the two groups. He said that the topic came from his own experience as a student-athlete.
 
"I have to keep a tight schedule so I can keep my GPA high enough to participate in sports," he said.
 
For more photos from the PMSA Junior Research Symposium, please click here
 
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